Category Archives: Southwest Airlines

Southwest Announces Nonstop Service to 15 Cities from Dallas Love Airport

Southwest Airlines has announced 15 new nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Airport now that the ridiculous Wright Amendment is no longer an issue. (You may remember that the Wright Amendment was created to help DFW airport by limited flights from Dallas Love to just going to contiguous states).

Southwest will roll out flights in 2 waves:

October 13
Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
Denver
Las Vegas
Orlando
Chicago Midway

November 2
Atlanta
Nashville
Washington, D.C. (Reagan National)
Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood
Los Angeles (LAX)
New York (LaGuardia)
Phoenix
San Diego
Orange County/Santa Ana
Tampa

Flights are not yet available for sale (unlike most other airlines, Southwest only sells tickets about 6 months in advance, not 11). But obviously this is great news for anyone who travels to Dallas, since Love is considerably more pleasant (and better situated to downtown) than DFW.

Also, I apologize that this likely means we will hear lots and lots more about the Southwest credit card. Though probably not from me. Maybe.

Best Western Rewards Mastercard (Barclays) – Offers 15,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points after $1,000 Spend

I hadn’t thought much about the Best Western Rewards Mastercard from Barclays, but I saw this offer on Flyertalk and it’s actually interesting:

- You’ll get 16,000 points after your first purchase.
- You’ll get 48,000 additional points after $1,000 spend in 3 months.
- No annual fee.

So after that $1,000 spend you’ll have 65,000 points – that’s meaningless to me because I’m likely not going to use that for the 4 free Best Western nights it offers.

But Best Western lets you transfer points to a number of airline partners — most offer 1,000 miles for 5,000 points (so 13,000 miles for this bonus).

But Southwest Airlines offers 1200 Rapid Rewards points for a 5,000 transfer, meaning you’ll get 15,600 Rapid Rewards points for this card. Given their new 70-points-per-dollar redemption rate on cheap fares, you’ll be getting about $222 worth of points – in many cases, that’s a round trip on Southwest (though not in as many cases as it used to be).

Having and holding no annual fee cards is a good move for your credit, and getting $200+ worth of Southwest travel for your trouble isn’t too bad either.

Southwest Increases Number of Points Required for Wanna Get Away Award Redemptions (In 2014)

Southwest even does a good job when announcing bad news:

Southwest will increase the number of points-per-dollar required for Wanna Get Away (cheap fare) award redemptions from 60 points per dollar to 70 points per dollar, beginning with redemptions made after March 31, 2014. That means the 50,000 points you get with your credit card signup (assuming the 50k promo is in place) will now be worth $714.28 instead of $833. Points required for other types of fares (Anytime & Business Select) stay the same.

Unlike many other airlines, at least Southwest has given a large amount of notice rather than springing this on the unsuspecting public at the last minute.

Full text of the announcement:

We want to inform you of an upcoming change to the Rapid Rewards® Program that will affect the number of points needed for reward travel. Wanna Get Away® reward flight bookings made on or after March 31, 2014 will require 70 points per dollar. This is an increase from the 60 points per dollar currently required. Anytime and Business Select® reward flight redemption rates, as well as the points per dollar you earn when flying, will remain the same as they are today.

Rest assured, Rapid Rewards will continue to provide industry-leading benefits that you enjoy today—including unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and points that don’t expire*. We hope you understand that in order to continue providing these benefits, we must make changes to the Rapid Rewards Program from time to time.

Thank you for your continued loyalty, and for more information about redeeming points, please visit southwest.com/redeem.

Southwest Airlines to Offer Free In-Flight TV

Southwest Airlines has partnered with Dish Network to waive the $5 fee for their in-flight live and on-demand television service. In exchange, Dish Network will show a limited number of advertisements during the programming. Customers will have access to 14 live television channels and about 70 on-demand features. The content can be viewed on laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Movies and non-Dish programming is not included in the promotion, nor is the $8 wi-fi product.

Roughly 60% of the carrier’s fleet is equipped with the service.

Southwest Airlines to Offer In-flight Movies & TV

Southwest Airlines, which has always been viewed as a no-frills lowfare carrier, puts just about the final nail in that coffin when it rolls out in-flight on-demand movies and TV shows this week on the 75% of its aircraft that are currently equipped with wi-fi.

Rather than install seatback TV, Southwest has decided to make their inflight entertainment available as streams to passengers’ laptops and tablets. Southwest opted against seatback TVs because they believed they would add too much weight to the aircraft. That seamed like a slightly goofy decision 5 years ago, and seems like a brilliant decision now.

Southwest is no longer the lowest fare provider in many of the markets it serves, it has wi-fi on most of its fleet, it will soon offer a wide array of in-flight entertainment options, and offers ways for passengers to pay to board early. Their AirTran unit offers a business class cabin. That does not sound like my father’s Southwest (I use that figuratively — I’m not sure my father has actually flown Southwest). In fact, Southwest is now, gasp, a full-service provider compared to many of the aircraft flown by so-called full service carriers. My wife flew out to Vegas last week on a United 757 that had no in-flight entertainment, no wi-fi and, of course, no free food. Full service, my butt.

In addition to the on-demand TV shows and movies, Southwest also offers 8 channels of live television. Movies and TV are $5, wi-fi is $8.

35% Off Nearly All Southwest Wanna Get Away Fares on a Handful of Dates — Today Only

Today only (January 4th), Southwest Airlines is offering 35% off its cheapest fares (Wanna Get Away fares) on nearly all markets for travel on January 29, 30, February 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and March 5, 2013 (details here). Use code THANKYOU at checkout.

Details:
The multi-use discount code is required to be used in the Promo Code box on southwest.com or SWABIZ.com in order to receive 35 percent discount off roundtrip Wanna Get Away fares during the valid travel dates listed below.

Roundtrip travel required. Reservations can include up to eight people.

Discount is valid on new reservations only and purchase must be made on or before 11:59 pm for the respective time zone of the originating city on January 4, 2013, for travel January 29, 30,
February 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and March 5, 2013.

Blackouts apply as follows:

o Fort Myers (RSW) is excluded from this offer.
o New Orleans is excluded on 2/13/13

35 percent discount code is valid for the Wanna Get Away Fares only and is applied before taxes and fees.

To obtain discount on existing reservations meeting all requirements of this discount offer, the reservation must be cancelled and a new reservation booked using the discount code (fare rules apply).

Discount will apply only on the valid travel dates. If one direction of the trip is outside the valid dates and one is within the valid travel, only the portion of travel falling within sale dates will be discounted.

Changes made to the itinerary after purchase will eliminate qualifications for this promotion. The discount is only valid with the provided Promotion Code and is not combinable with other Promotion

Codes or fares available exclusively through the web tool DING!

Discount is not valid on reservations made using Rapid Rewards Points.

Air Fares for Jackpot and Southwest Vacations package deals have been discounted by 35% for eligible markets and dates. Discount Code is not needed to receive 35% off the air fare portion of the package deal.

$25 Off a Roundtrip Fare to Florida on Southwest

Easy way to get $25 off your next flight to Florida on Southwest:

- Visit this link
- Click “Next Step”
- Fill in your email address (and/or email addresses for “friends”)
- Wait a bit, then you’ll receive a promo code for $25 of your next roundtrip flight to Florida, good through February 28

Full T&Cs

The unique discount code (valid for one-time use) is required to be used in the Promo Code box in order to receive $25 discount on the valid travel dates listed below. City pair exclusions apply (see below)
$25 discount valid for one-time use on a single reservation which can include up to eight people and is only valid if purchase is made on southwest.com or SWABIZ.com.
Discount is valid only on new reservations and purchase must be made 9/1/12 – 1/5/13 for travel 9/8/12-2/28/13.
Blackout dates apply on 11/21-11/26, 12/21-12/24, 12/26/12-1/2/13, and 2/15-2/24/13
$25 discount code is valid for the Wanna Get Away Fares only and is applied before taxes and fees.
Roundtrip Required.
Discount is valid for Southwest Airlines flights to/from Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Key West, Orlando, Palm Beach, Panama City Beach, Tampa Bay.
Discount will apply only on the valid travel dates. If one direction of the trip is outside the valid dates and one is within the valid travel, only the portion of travel falling within sale dates will be discounted.
To obtain discount on existing reservations meeting all requirements of this discount offer, the reservation must be cancelled and a new reservation booked using the discount code (fare rules apply).
The discount is only valid with the provided Promotion Code and is not combinable with other Promotion Codes or fares available exclusively through the web tool DING!
Discount is not valid on reservations made using Rapid Rewards points.
Discount is not valid on Jackpot or Southwest Vacation package deals
Changes made to the itinerary after purchase will eliminate qualifications for this promotion

(Thanks, Slickdeals)

750 Bonus Rapid Rewards Points for Signing up for Southwest Email

Title pretty much says it all: sign up for emails with Southwest Airlines and they’ll give you 750 Bonus Rapid Rewards points (details here). You need to keep your subscription open for 60 days to earn the bonus.

Southwest Airlines Ventures Beyond the Lower 48 and Launches Service to San Juan

It took 40 years, but Southwest Airlines will be venturing beyond the Lower 48 when it moves AirTran’s service from Orlando and Tampa to San Juan, Puerto Rico, over to Southwest beginning April 14th. They’ll start with 3 daily nonstops from Orlando and 1 daily nonstop from Tampa. They’re offering $99 fares for flights through May 23rd.

Southwest will spend 2013 integrating AirTran’s international service into the Southwest route map and will combine the two airlines into one operating company.

Southwest and Airtran Launch Double Points Promo for All Travel

Southwest and Airtran will give double Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards credits for all travel between September 13th and November 15th. For Southwest, you must register here. For AirTran, you must register here.

Let the matching begin…(actually, I don’t think anyone will go near this. But we’ll find out soon enough.) It’s been a while since we’ve seen a broad everyone-gets-double-miles promo in quite some time (I can’t even remember when…probably since the crazy double elite miles virus that spread a couple of years ago).

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